August 21, 2013
By Kelly McHugh
By the time the fall semester begins next week, freshman Marcus Foster will already have a taste of college life.
Foster moved to Manhattan from his hometown of Wichita Falls, Texas, in the beginning of June and has since been spending his summer taking classes while training with the K-State men's basketball team in preparation for the 2013-14 season.
"I'm glad we have these summer sessions so I can get a feel for what college life is like before the semester starts up," Foster said.
Foster committed to K-State in November of 2012 during his official visit to the school. From the coaching staff to the college-town feel of Manhattan, he knew from the start K-State was the place for him.
Plus, as a fan of Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams, Foster said he respected the coaching style of K-State head coach Bruce Weber before he even met his new coach.
"I committed on my official visit and it was really because of Coach Weber," Foster said. "He coached Deron Williams. He tells me all the time that Deron and I have the same body type, and how I could become a guard like Deron Williams."
Weber coached Williams at Illinois from 2003-2005 where Williams led his team into the National Championship game. Following the 2005 season, he was selected by Utah with the third pick of the NBA Draft.
With hopes of becoming an NBA prospect himself one day, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound point guard found plenty of success on the court during his high school days and is excited to work hard and continue that success this year as a Wildcat.
During his senior year at Hirschi High School, Foster led his team on almost every chart, averaging 27.1 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. He was the Texas 3A Player of the Year and chosen for the PARADE 2013 All-American Basketball Team.
Hailing from Texas, Foster is no stranger to the Big 12 Conference.
"I'm really looking forward to Big 12 play," Foster said. "The Big 12 is one of the best conferences this year, so we are going to have to compete every game. I'm looking forward to that."
There's one game in particular, though, that Foster is extra excited to take part in.
"Growing up, all I watched was Big 12 football, Big 12 basketball," Foster explained, "So I know a lot about the K-State/KU rivalry, and now I'm a part of it. I've been hearing stories about how big that game is, so I'm ready to get in that one. I hear (Bramlage Coliseum) gets pretty crazy, so I'm excited to play for it and not against it."
Foster's versatile presence on the basketball court, and his ability to both score baskets and defend is something Wildcat fans can look forward to from him this season and in years to come.
"My goal is to be remembered for what I do on and off the court," Foster said. "I want to win a couple Big 12 Championships, make a run at the NCAA Championship, and I want to get my degree."
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